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REVIEW ON JOYA SHOES – BLISS FOR YOUR BACK…

I was given the opportunity to try a pair of Joya Shoes which they explain ‘support the natural movement process and encourage active walking. Joya shoes also promote healthy posture, which provides relief to the back and joints and can also reduce and prevent back and joint pain.’

As a chronic back pain sufferer walking out in the open is something I only really enjoyed occasionally when I was having a good day with my back. My biggest problem was deciding how far I could walk on any particular day so I was very excited to see if these shoes would make any difference.

The first impression when I put the shoes on was how high and supported I felt. It felt a bit like walking on air. The soft and springing material of the Joya sole transforms a hard and flat floor into a soft, elastic surface.

This, they say ‘increasingly activates small support and stability muscles again, which can remove stress from the joints and the spinal column. Plus, “micro movements” support the activity of the foot, calf, and leg muscles, which enable active walking and standing.’

Well, I have to say I am more than impressed with these shoes. The last few weeks have been an ideal time for me to see how far I could walk while in isolation. We are lucky enough to have lots of walks on The South Downs on our doorstep and the dry weather over the last couple of weeks has meant it safer to walk off-piste.

When my daughter first saw me in a pair of Joya shoes she thought I looked ‘very trendy’, which at the end of the day is also important to us women. Their shoes most definitely do what they say and relieve the back pain and cushions the feet and support healthy walking. Joya Shoes website explains in great detail about how these shoes work with a video and all about the Optimal pressure distribution, Joya ensures smooth rolling movement and optimum pressure distribution. This prevents pressure spikes in heel and forefoot. Joya footwear enables natural movement and encourages active walking.

At the moment one of their suppliers ShoeMed has an offer of 15% discount on full RRP to everyone Code: HURRY15. The code is valid until the end of the month. I wouldn’t hesitate to give these shoes a try if you get back pain during or after walking.

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JOYA SHOES, WALKING WELL AND HELPING BACK PAIN SUFFERERS…

The technology and the corresponding physiological idea be- hind the Joya shoe is rooted in the longstanding experience of the swiss family Müller. The knowledge is based on the studies and experiences with previous functional footwear. In addition to that the Joya Academy promotes an ongoing dialogue with the medical community (Physiotherapists, doctors, podiatrists..)

in order to improve and fine tune the technology. Therefore the Joya concept is based on scientific results of universities (Uni- versity Jena, ETH Zürich..) or medical institutions (AGR) as well as empiric science and the feedback of customers and the medical community.

Prof. Dr. Med. habit. Christoph Anders from the University of Jena conducted a study of Joya and the following is a statement after the study.

“When using the „Emotion“ model, the back is relieved because there is a measurable reduction in the average muscle amplitude values for the main stabilization muscle, M. multifidus, as compared to conventional shoes.When using the “Motion“ model, the back is activated and thus trained even more strong- ly in the sense of an unconsciously induced training (measurable increase in the average muscle amplitude values for the main stabilisation muscle, M. multifidus).

Moreover, the foot is also relieved because:

The softness (Emotion) or the forward displacement of the step zone (Motion) can have a positive effect, especially in patients with heel problems.

The Motion shoe causes a significant increase in the co-contraction of the lateral and medial compartment of the leg, i.e. the active support of the foot arch. In particular, this occurs in the phase of the initial heel contact.”

The award winning shoes at Joya are MOTION – for Active walking and standing The Joya Motion line promotes an increased late- ral-medial balance movement due to the height and shape of the sole. The curved rocker bottom facilitates the roll off which may be especially beneficial for people with arthrosis or hallux rigidus. Developed to mimic active walking and standing in deep sand.

And the EMOTION ( as discussed above) which is for Stress-free walking and standing

The Joya Emotion line generates a more stable way of walking due to the flatter sole whilst providing passive cushioning and reset forces .The WAVE technology can especially be combi- ned with orthopedic insoles. Developed to mimic joyful walking in firmer sand along the waterline.

At the moment ShoeMed are currently offering Joya customers 10% off the full RRP when using Discount Code: GOLD10

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TOP PICKS ON THE BEST WAYS AND PRODUCTS TO KEEP PAIN AT BAY WHILE TRAVELLING…

Over the years I have tried many different products to ease the pain while travelling. I have NEVER let my pain stop me from going to places, I have just tried to find the best products to help me along the way.

 

All the planning for your holiday fun are ready but I bet the last person you have thought about was yourself.  We are busy planning fun for the children and visit’s to different places instead of thinking about ourselves.

My top pick on the best ways and products to keep your pain at bay while travelling are –

The easy way to avoid a flare-up is to plan ahead. Walk the event through your head. How long will you be in the car? if it’s going to be a long haul journey make sure you have your coccyx wedge cushion with you. They are not just for sciatica pain but is great for low back and fibromyalgia pain.  It’s easily portable so think about what you will be sitting on when you arrive at your destination.

Magnetic back support belts are great for back pain but can also help avoid back pain by wearing them when you travel. They are self-heating and you really can feel the heat coming through after they have been on you for only a short time.

Think about what the temperature is going to be like where you are going to. Pack your pain relief cushions which are great hot or cold for neck pain or any other body pain and can come in handy if someone else in the family has some pain. This company do a number of different shapes and sizes.

Buy yourself a 14-day pill organiser as it’s easy to forget when you last had your medication while away from your usual environment. Pack a second lot of pills and pop in another suitcase in case the original got lost during the flight ( this has happened to me). I love this colourful one by BOENFU, the colours brighten your day rather than looking unappealing.

 Finally, don’t forget to pack your walking stick as you will, without doubt, be walking on completely different terrine to what you are used to at home and that can soon trigger off low back pain. Folding walking sticks are cheap enough to buy nowadays and there are also some pretty and floral ones around.  I learnt very quickly to make sure I had a spare in the boot of the car or in my suitcase in case I lost my original one en route.

I found this very interesting pin on Pinterest from The Viking Abroad blog who has written down her tips on how to travel with Fibromyalgia.

The writer Vibeke who is a travel writer and photographer is also a Fibromyalgia sufferer and so has to plan carefully for her trips around the world.

She comments that good shoes are the key which of course is essential. The latest ones that I have seen which are ideal for travel are Joya shoes. The positive effect of a soft, springy surface on the locomotive system has been put to good use by a physiotherapist for a long time now and is a highly topical subject in the fields of prevention/rehabilitation. The Joya brand has developed a shoe which makes use of this principle. The soft, supple material of the patented Joya sole means the load on the sole of your feet is ideally distributed as you walk and stand instead of being concentrated only on certain spots.

Walk more in readiness for your holiday, and that means pounding the streets a bit with the correct shoes on to see how far you can walk without pain. Try and increase it a little every day as you would be surprised at how much more walking you do when you are away on holiday.

Sleep and rest enough ready for the travel which can drain you if it’s a long haul.

Plan your first 24 hours so that you give yourself time to get over the travel which will then help you to enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Research your destination IN FULL.  Look if there are any steps and how many there are to get from a to be. Find out how far away you are from any of the amenities that are available.

The most important thing is that you are prepared and can then enjoy your holiday without any problems.